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Otariidae

Animals
Scientific classification
Domain:Eukaryota
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Subphylum:Vertebrata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Suborder:Pinnipedia
Family:Otariidae
Genera
  • Subfamily Arctocephalinae (fur seals)
    • Arctocephalus
    • Callorhinus
  • Subfamily Otariinae (sea lions)
    • Eumetopias (Steller sea lion)
    • Neophoca (Australian sea lion)
    • Otaria (Southern sea lion)
    • Phocarctos (Hookers sea lion)
    • Zalophus (California sea lion)

The family Otariidae includes the eared seals, which comprise the eared fur seals and the sea lions, so popular in zoos. These are marine mammals, adapted to a semi-aquatic lifestyle. They feed and travel in the water but breed and largely rest on land (or, in some cases, on ice). They are slightly less adapted to the aquatic lifestyle than are the other seals.

Subfamily Arctocephalinae (fur seals)

Subfamily Otariinae (sea lions)



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